So in this economy I thing that just about everyone has seen someone close to them, hopefully not you, be laid off from work. I know that at my employeer we have had a couple rounds of layoffs and I have been very lucky. this last round one person from our Systems team was laid off and he was an asset to the company. He was a Unix Admin but also had skills working with Sybase Databases and other third party tools such as Veritas.
When I was in my training class, the instructor told us that a DB Admin is a good spot during these times. He mentioned that there is a shortage of ASE Administrators on the West Coast. That is very good for us in the DB Game. I have also seen that here in Arizona, Database Admins are some of the highest paid and most needed people in IT at this time. Good news for all of us out west but it is still a scary time. So please do what you can to keep your job and start polishing your skills as well as learning new skills. Good luck out there and I am knowcking on wood for myselfe as well.